Many AIClub students have applied their AI and technology learnings to solve real-world problems — in everything from medicine to agriculture. These solutions are not just noteworthy and prize-winning, they are also directly usable in daily life. In this blog I describe how I used CO2 Sensei — an app by Middle School AIClub students — available in the Apple App Store, to keep myself safe during a trip.

Vaccinations and mask mandates have made traveling vastly safer compared to what it was during the height of the pandemic in 2020. However, it is still not very clear what is…


From Alexa to movie recommendations to self-driving cars, AI is all around our kids. But do our kids really understand them? Our kids may use Snapchat, Instagram, or TikTok far more than we do, but that does not mean they understand these new technologies and how they interact with our lives and our information.

I am not referring to the math or computer science that powers these technologies. Just like we do not need to be expert programmers to use the internet, our kids and families do not need to be computer experts to use, leverage, and be affected by…


I am a software engineer and the mom of a 12 year old. I also teach programming and artificial intelligence to kids from grades 4–12. This article contains my perspectives from my own life and from my teaching experiences. I have tried to answer questions that I have heard from parents and teachers.

Is there a difference between Programming and Coding?

No. They are the same thing.

How early should kids start programming?

As early as they like! There are simple block based programming tools like Blockly that kids can use as soon as they are comfortable using them. …


This is the fifth article in our “Guide for Parents” series about why and how K-12 students should learn AI. Previous articles covered the Reasons to Learn AI, the importance of Project Based Learning, the relationship between AI and Robotics, and the relationship between AI and Programming. In this article we cover an increasing question that parents have asked us, how much math do students need to learn to be productive with AI?

What is Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial Intelligence is about creating computer programs that can do things that human brains usually do. Examples are recognizing images, understanding text, finding…


This is the fourth article in our “Guide for Parents” series about why and how K-12 students should learn AI. Previous articles covered the reasons to learn AI, the relationship between AI and Robotics, and the relationship between AI and Programming. In this article we focus on how to learn AI, and in particular why project based learning is so helpful for K-12 students to both learn and enjoy AI.

Our Experience with Projects

At http://aiclub.world, we have seen students from Grades 5–12 build hundreds of AI projects to solve everything from predicting how much life is left in your…


Many parents of K-12 students have asked me how much programming their student should know to make progress on AI. In this article we cover the relationship between AI and programming, how AI tools and other programs work together, and what programming your students should learn to make the most progress with AI.

What is Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial Intelligence is about creating computer programs that can do things that human brains usually do. Examples are recognizing images, understanding text, finding patterns in examples, mapping solutions to problems, creating game strategies, etc. …


AI is shaping up to be one of the most transformative technologies of our generation. As the parent of a Middle Schooler, I see my daughter interacting with AI every day. From Alexa to Auto-Correct on a phone, to shopping recommendations on web sites, AI is in many aspects of her life. I want her to understand the AI that powers these products, how it works, how she can use it, and to start forming her own opinions about what role it should play in her life.

The good news is that now, with programs like http://aiclub.world, students with even…


As parents, we all want to help our children understand, adopt and sometimes master the new technologies that surround them. In the last few years, few technologies have generated as much buzz (news reports, etc.) as Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. Both of these provide wonderful learning opportunities for children, but they are actually very different things.

For many people, their first introduction to these concepts is in a movie where an intelligent robot interacts with a human (examples — Star Wars, WALL-E, Westworld, Big Hero 6, etc. ). Since these examples meld Artificial Intelligence and Robotics together, it can create…

Nisha Talagala

I am a software engineer by training and an expert in artificial intelligence. I am also a mom! I teach coding and tech to kids from grades 4-12.

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